Citizen Science

Common Snapping Turtle
Photo by Tim Walsh

Collect important data for real science discoveries.

The Bruce Museum is offering new Citizen Science projects and looking for participants. No experience necessary. Just a willingness to help out.

For the classroom, family or individuals.

Please contact Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator, by email or phone 203-413-6767.

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Cat Tracker 

Find out the secret life of your feline friend. Investigate where and how far your outdoor cat roams by tracking them with GPS technology. Does your cat stay in the backyard or does it wander into your neighborhood?

In partnership with a research project at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, we will be comparing your cat’s range data with those from coyote-free Long Island to see if they roam differently when a top predator is nearby. We have harnesses and GPS units available for loan at no charge.

Image: © Cat Tracker. Your Wild Life. North Carolina State University. NC Museum of Natural Sciences



Connecticut Turtle Atlas

Turtles are currently the most endangered vertebrate animal group, with more than 50% of the world’s species threatened with extinction. Twelve species are native to Connecticut; some, such as the wood, bog, spotted, and box turtles are in decline. 

Volunteers for the Connecticut Turtle Atlas will collect data on specific locations and the abundance of all turtle species found throughout the state. These volunteer scientists will gather the data through a smartphone-based app using the platform.

The information gathered will be used to map distributions, identify important habitats, locate areas of nesting abundance, and detect roadways with high traffic-related mortality. In addition, there will be opportunities to assist with various aspects of turtle research and fieldwork.

For more information, contact Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator, at or 203-413-6767.


Coming Soon!
School of Ants

Help collect data on the distribution of ant species found near you. Maps created from the data can show effects of urbanization, invasive species, and even climate change. Perhaps you may find an ant species that has not been seen in 70 years, as one participant did!

For more information, contact Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator, at or 203-413-6767.